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Galway

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  • Day8

    Galway, Ireland

    September 10, 2016 in Ireland ⋅

    We didn't know what to expect from Galway, but read good things and knew that most of the best sightseeing was close by so we made it our home base for a few days during our West Ireland day trips. We were pleasantly surprised at how much we liked this city! A college town with a great pub scene in the Latin Quarter made for two very entertaining nights. The pubs were huge, filled with character, plenty of characters, and great live music (including popular songs like Galway Girl and Galway Bay).
    We highly recommend a visit if you're looking for fun nightlife, but be sure to bring your rain jacket which seems to be a requirement anywhere in Ireland!

    Oh and I think it's just a fad at the moment but ironically the Irish seem to enjoy Coors light more than their own beer, but not us 😜.
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  • Day28

    Belfast to Portrush to Boyle

    September 28, 2018 in Ireland ⋅ ⛅ 13 °C

    A big day of travel but some spectacular scenery. We left early for the drive up the Antrim coast towards the Giant’s Causeway. The coastal route really was beautiful and we made several stops for photos and to visit landmarks. We stopped at Ballymena- Glenariff for a coffee at the quaintest tearooms yet. We entered to find the shopkeeper taking the scones out of the oven! We settled in and David found great amusement reading “Cooking with Men in Mind”, one of many books to be found amongst the 1960’s surrounds. It was incredible! Finally moved on and drove to the site of the Carrick- a -Rede Rope bridge on the Northern coast. It was full of tourists but very organised. We walked down a track for about 2 kms before crossing the bridge to the tiny island of Carrickarede. The bridge itself was fairly stable and not so long, but still exhilarating. The coastline views were beautiful. We then drove down the road and found yet another quaint little cafe where we enjoyed soup and homemade bread for lunch. Our next stop was the Giant’s Causeway. It too was full of tourists and buses but again very well managed. We wandered down a long pathway to the rocks below. They were amazing and we clambered freely up and down them taking many photos. We were lucky that the weather was so mild and we were actually hot after the walk back up the track. The next 3 hours were a long and reasonably boring drive to Boyle where we ate at a lovely new restaurant with great staff and plenty of atmosphere. We stayed at our one night of luxurious accomodation (off season rates!). It was 3 kms out of Boyle and was an old manor house set in the country. It was simply beautiful with the highlight being the four poster bed which gave me the most incredible sleep ever. Will never forget how I felt waking up, all made extra special by Alanna’s message during the night to say she had won a permanent job at Addington School in Christchurch!Read more

  • Day29

    Boyle to Galway

    September 29, 2018 in Ireland ⋅ ⛅ 13 °C

    Another lovely day in Ireland. We woke in Lough Key House and were surrounded in luxury. The house was no longer the original owners’ home or furnishings but had been done up over the last few years by the present owner in the original style, which included hundreds of beautiful antiques. The atmosphere was amazing with fires burning in the living rooms even though the sun was shining brightly outside. We had a 3 course breakfast provided by Annie, the maid, who herself was a character and fitted in with the whole place. We reluctantly left the house for Lough Key Adventure Park. There we went on the most beautiful hour long forest walk in stunning weather. The autumn colours, the lake and the castle in the distance, all made for spectacular scenery. We just loved it. We returned to Boyle in the hopes of finding the laundrette. Failing that we did locate the farmers market where we purchased some bread, mushrooms and broccoli for dinner. We also met Porrick who directed us down the road to meet Cyril the butcher, where we bought some sausages. Our unreliable GPS then had us lost out the back of Boyle and on very narrow roads with grass growing down the middle! We finally carried on down to the next town, Carrick, where we succeeded in doing our washing, locating a toilet and finding a decent coffee, all within an hour. We then carried on driving to Galway where again with some difficulty we located our apartment, which has everything we need. We cooked a lovely dinner, including Porrick’s delicious rhubarb pie and enjoyed a night catching up on a few jobs and finally using reliable wifi.Read more

  • Day30

    Galway

    September 30, 2018 in Ireland ⋅ ⛅ 13 °C

    Just what was needed- a relaxed day with no travelling and no agenda. We got up and followed our phones to nearest Catholic Church for 10am Mass. Always interesting to go to Mass in another country. The lovely church was opposite the river which we then followed into town. With most shops not opening until 12 we wandered through town and up a back street where we found a lovely wee bar where we enjoyed a drink and David watched some golf on the big screen. Very relaxing. We then spent the afternoon looking around the shops, a real variety. We wandered back to the house and enjoyed a rest and sorted rest of our time in Ireland. We then walked back into town (no wonder I walked 15000 steps today) for dinner. We were lucky to get into a highly rated restaurant called Quay Kitchen where we ate a delicious dinner. After dinner we strolled along the streets listening to a variety of musicians before going into a little bar for a quick drink before the walk back to the apartment. While being a very old fashioned city, Galway’s streets are extremely busy with many tourists and tourist shops. The atmosphere is cool with lots of street entertainment.Read more

  • Day45

    Galway, Ireland

    September 16, 2017 in Ireland ⋅

    Todays tour was Galway through the ages. We drove past a lot of pastures and pubs. We stopped at the 17th century Dunguaire Castle and visited Galway Cathedral. We have toured many Cathedrals on this trip and each one is unique and beautiful.
    We had a great visit at Rathbaun Farms with its interesting owner whose family has been raising sheep for 3 generations. We then went into the 150 year old farmhouse for delicious homemade scones.Read more

  • Day14

    Là bas..

    May 25, 2018 in Ireland ⋅

    So I went.. And oh boy was I right..
    Connemara is out of this world with beauty....
    Plus a lovely interview with Kevin, some singing of the fields of Athenry into a microphone and a great craig at Monroe's to finish my trip...
    Not bad, not bad...
    Would even say GRAND !!

  • Day137

    Day 137: Galway

    July 2, 2017 in Ireland ⋅

    Left our accommodation after a delicious cooked breakfast put on by our host. We were both a bit sad to leave, as it was one of the most comfortable places we've stayed in for quite a while. And despite being in the middle of nowhere, we both quite enjoyed it and would've happily stayed for another couple of nights.

    But we got back in the car and hit the road again, as is our life now. Lots of driving today actually, 3 hours to the south from Donegal down to the city of Galway which is one of the largest settlements on the western coast of Ireland. The drive wasn't much excitement unfortunately, fairly boring farmland with not much in the way of towns or habitation to break things up. Although I don't mind driving, I really hate not having cruise control!

    Arrived in Galway in the rain around 1pm, to find it jam-packed with traffic due to a marine festival happening on the docks - directly in front of our AirBNB! Obviously we couldn't check in for a few hours yet, so we parked in a multi-storey carpark at the other end of town and wandered town.

    I was taken aback with how touristy the place was, considering I'd never really heard of it before. Seemed like every man and his dog from the west of Ireland was here! Probably doesn't help that it's the first weekend of the Irish school holidays either, so locals are on their break as well as the usual contingent of foreigners.

    Had a bit of trouble finding somewhere to eat since dogs aren't welcome in pubs in Ireland. Eventually managed to find somewhere that we could sit outside and not get wet while we ate, though I nearly started a punch-up when a man sat down mere inches from us and lit up a cigarette.

    We had a look around the town, and then a wander around the sea festival (lots of seafood, cooking demonstrations, water-based stuff like explorer ships, navy boats, historic ships etc). Considered visiting a couple of things but the lines were all quite long.

    Eventually at 4pm we were able to check in to our Airbnb. Unfortunately this proved difficult since we had free parking in the building, but of course we didn't know where the entrance was, and access to the street was being tightly controlled due to the festival. Eventually managed to get in with the help of our host.

    Not the greatest apartment today sadly, we have a single room in our host's apartment and although the building is mid-90s, it feels like student accommodation. Our hosts are college age and although they're quite nice and chatty, everything feels very undergraduate and juvenile. Party photos blu-tacked to the wall, bunting strung up around the living room, hessian rugs draped over junk piles, none of the glassware/crockery/cutlery sets are matching.

    We settled into our room as best we could, and eventually just decided to get takeaway burritos for dinner and eat there while working. The really good Mexican place we'd eaten at in Belfast had a branch here, so we grabbed food from there and ate in the apartment. Didn't get a great night's sleep as it seemed like people were constantly coming and going (they'd had friends over earlier which I thought was a bit odd when you're hosting Airbnb guests). Can't win em all I guess.
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  • Day9

    Salt Hill

    June 2, 2016 in Ireland ⋅

    We touched the west coast Atlantic! We found Oslo's Bar that actually serves local craft beer and is home to Galway Bay Brewery. Managed to find a nice quiet B&B and as usual, good food from the local restaurants and pubs. We scored a couple of beers from a guy walking his dogs, one of which was an Irish Wolf hound.Read more

  • Day8

    Arrived in Galway

    June 1, 2016 in Ireland ⋅

    We immediately got lost and then in our usual fashion, figured out where we were and got lost again. We did a little shopping in the main part of Galway's tourist bars and stores, then stopped for a pint at Finnegan's, Galway's oldest mideival building. Joyce marveled at the size of the beer bottle, small chicken, big beer. This trip has been at the very least a food fest, I don't know what we are going to do if we ever get home. We are now camped out at Salt Hill, just feet from Galway Bay and home to Oslo Bar. They were very excited for the brewery stickers that we brought from home as they are starting a collection on the ceiling above the bar.Read more

  • Day9

    Merlin's Forest Park

    June 2, 2016 in Ireland ⋅

    We had an awesome time exploring the park. It is hard to believe that they let you walk around freely in these ancient ruins and remains. We found a castle, many rock walls, cottage ruin, bridges, canals, grave stones, stone steps, and lots of nature. You have to do some work to see all of it but it was a great time. Actually touching these unrestored and unpreserved stones where people once lived and worked, and trying to imagine how it was back then....Read more

You might also know this place by the following names:

Gaillimh, Galway, Голуей, Galway - Gaillimh, GWY, ゴールウェイ, Golvėjus, Golveja, Голуэй, 戈尔韦

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